What's new

Welcome to Japan Reference (JREF) - the community for all Things Japanese.

Join Today! It is fast, simple, and FREE!

Instant noodles

thomas

Unswerving cyclist
Admin
Joined
14 Mar 2002
Messages
10,930
Reaction score
2,235
"Japan's most recognizable contribution to the 20th century"...

A Uniquely Japanese Invention

Instant noodles are nothing new in Asia. They were commercially introduced to the world in Japan in 1958 by Momofuku Ando, now chairman of conglomerate Nissin Foods.

Inspired by the shelf life of Japanese tempura, or deep-fried food, Ando invented a production line that included a special one-and-a-half-minute quick-frying process. This was used to produce noodles that could be stored for six months at room temperature. Preparing a meal was a snap: Place the dehydrated noodles in boiling water for 2-3 minutes and add a flavour packet. At the time, instant noodles were seen as an easy-to-make food to feed Japan's post-war masses. Each instant-noodle package packs about 450 calories, about a quarter to a fifth of a person's daily calorific needs. (Nutritionally, however, instant noodles may fall short: They tend to be low in vitamins and minerals and high in sodium and fat.)

They weren't cheap. Instant noodles took a while to catch on because they were considered expensive by the prices of the time. Now, according to a survey by the Fuji Research Institute, instant noodles rank as one of Japan's most recognizable contributions to the 20th century, alongside karaoke, Pokemon and the Walkman.


=> http://www.feer.com/articles/2003/0301_09/p043money.html

Nissin Food Products

=> http://www.japanreference.com/cgi-bin/jump.cgi?ID=556



Getting terribly hungry... :)
 
  • Thread starter
  • Admin
  • #3

thomas

Unswerving cyclist
Admin
Joined
14 Mar 2002
Messages
10,930
Reaction score
2,235
I also love instant yakisoba. Hm, I wonder why I'm always hungry... :)

 

miki

先輩
Joined
31 Oct 2002
Messages
28
Reaction score
0
japanese instant noodles aren't cheap, & i wonder why...
i've seen other cheaper oriental instant noodles... for instance, instant noodles from hong kong or taiwan... most of them cheaper than a proper meal...
 
  • Thread starter
  • Admin
  • #5

thomas

Unswerving cyclist
Admin
Joined
14 Mar 2002
Messages
10,930
Reaction score
2,235
Unfortunately, that applies to all things imported from Japan. Very often products from China, Korea or Thailand are much cheaper, so if you're not a "culinary traditionalist" you could also resort to Korean noodles for your ramen. Btw, kimuchi ramen are excellent!
:)
 

lineartube

free spirit
Joined
29 Oct 2002
Messages
484
Reaction score
10
I have a cup of Koka's Instant Noodles lying around the kitchen. A few months ago I tried it out, out of curiosity and I was positively suprised. At the time I hadn't any cheap restaurants around my place of work so these cups were a life saver, not to mention, a wallet saver.

Oh, Koka's Instant noodles are from Singapore.
 

Ami

iami5o4
Joined
7 Jul 2003
Messages
361
Reaction score
2
I love instant noodles. I eat them all the time when i'm too lazy to cook anything.-. :p
 

kirei_na_me

Where I'm Supposed to Be
Joined
31 Jan 2003
Messages
4,823
Reaction score
162
Check out this manufacturer association's site, very informative!

Ah, this is very interesting. I especially like the "Secret Laboratory" section...
 

Thingamabob

愛くるしい
Joined
23 Aug 2006
Messages
40
Reaction score
1
The poorer people here live on instant noodles. All different brands take up the whole isle in the supermarket.
 

Namioto

後輩
Joined
23 Aug 2006
Messages
10
Reaction score
0
Instant noodles were a hit in America for basically my whole life. But then I come to Japan and find out that they have so many different kinds here. Some of the instant noodles here are very delicious as well. Contrary to the cheap but repeptitive reputation they have in the US.
 

bezz

先輩
Joined
2 Aug 2003
Messages
392
Reaction score
2
即席ラーメン

Some topping ideas besides "stanard" roast pork slices, naruto, memma and nori, with spinach or bean sprout:


roasted kamaboko fish cake slices


salted plum and perilla leaves


egg and grated daikon radish


Manila clams

Real ramen is still much better than instant ones.
 
Top Bottom